“I want to surround myself with smart people who aren’t afraid to disagree with me” – President Josiah Bartlet from The West Wing

There are three fundamental things in a startup; the idea, experience (the team) and capital.  Great ideas don’t get funded without a credible team.

Don’t hire your friends.  They will tell you what you want to hear.

Don’t hire people who are just like you in personality and background.  You need diverse perspectives.

Don’t hire people just because you get along.  It IS about the business.

At the end of the day, the decisions are yours but you need to be challenged to make sure you have seen every angle.  Your team needs permission to speak freely.

And you… don’t know everything.


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